Chateau Cantenac Brown was founded in 1806 by a Scottish painter, John Lewis Brown, who purchased the vineyards and the estate on the land, but promptly drew up plans for a grand chateau in the Tudor style. As a result, the chateau is one of the most recognizable in all Bordeaux standing out in the Médoc with its red and white patterned brick grandeur. The property changed hands several times over a century and a half and was notably acquired by AXA, owners of Pichon Baron, in 1989. Led at that time by Jean-Michel Cazes, whose family own Lynch Bages, the chateau saw an immediate upswing in quality. In 2006, the businessman Simon Halabi purchased the chateau, keeping winemaker José Sanfins who joined in 1989, in charge.
The 42 hectares under vine are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc with an average age of 35 years. The soil is typical of top Margaux estates, with gravel, sand, and limestone contributing to the wine’s floral quality. Wines are aged for 12-15 months in approximately 50% new French oak depending on the vintage.